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Stogie Commentary: Burn ’Em, Don’t Smoke ’Em

20 Nov 2007

Bottom Shelf cigarsLike you, I find my inbox constantly hit with offers from online cigar shops. The inflated claims and hyped-up pitches are often laughable. Sometimes, though, one stands out. So, if you hit the delete key automatically a few weeks ago, you may have missed an extraordinary offer from Holt’s for a bundle of “Bottom Shelf” cigars.

At $8 for 25 — that’s $6 off the MSRP — the ad notes right off that Bottom Shelf cigars “aren’t very good.” But they proclaim proudly that they’re perfect for times when you want a cigar but won’t be able to fully appreciate it. According to the ad, “they truly offer nothing that takes time to appreciate.”

Should we try a group buy before they’re all gone?

George E

photo credit: Holts

6 Responses to “Stogie Commentary: Burn ’Em, Don’t Smoke ’Em”

  1. Carl Carlson Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 5:14 am #

    Group buy? I think not.

    At the risk of sounding like a snob, I don't have any desire to try those cigars — especially since the manufacturer admits up front they're not very good.

    Maybe George should take one for the team, kinda like his excellent series on value sticks.

  2. Patrick A Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 5:59 am #

    In case you missed them, links to George’s great “We Smoke ’Em So You Don’t Have To” series are provided below. These articles on value cigars ran from March until May.

    Part I

    Part II

    Part III

    Part IV

    Part V

  3. Matt Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 6:11 am #

    Life is too short to smoke crappy cigars…

  4. stinkie Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 6:55 am #

    We were just talking about this in the forum. These places can make a shit cigar sound so tempting, but if they say "I'll be honest, these are not the best cigars but look at the price" run like hell! Because when they admit that they are "not so good" you will be better off smoking some dried leaves off the back yard tree. I'm all for a good cheap smoke but you just can't cover up crap.

  5. George E Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 7:33 am #

    I think perhaps I need to work on my use of Socratic irony.

    george e.

  6. Siggy Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 11:43 am #

    Socratic irony?! I thought this was all Freudian symbolism.